# Homework Help: Simple algebra, i don't know how to do!

1. Oct 4, 2005

### mr_coffee

well 'm finding the unit tangent bector and normal vector and then finding its curve, thats not bad but i'm hung up on some algebra..
I have sqrt(4t^2 + 4 + 1/t^2);
can that equal...
2t*2*1/t = 4?

Also...
sqrt(4t^2 + 25t^8)
Will that simpify too:
10t^5?

2. Oct 4, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Why don't you test them with a few values of t? (Try t = 1.)

3. Oct 4, 2005

### mr_coffee

Yeah that is so not working, so i know its wrong and yet i'm still stuck. Who said 8th grade math was required for calc III? :uhh:

4. Oct 5, 2005

### HallsofIvy

Hopefully, you learned long ago that, in general, $\sqrt{a^2+ b^2}\ne a+ b$.
What is (2t+ 1/t)2? Do you see how that answers your question?

"Who said 8th grade math was required for calc III? "

Pretty much every teacher of 8th grade math or calc III!

5. Oct 5, 2005

### Diane_

I used to tell my calculus 1 students that everything they had ever learned in math, from kindergarten on, would show up sometime during the year, and anything they had learned imperfectly would grow teeth and bite them. No one ever accused me of exaggerating by the end of the year.

6. Oct 5, 2005

### PhysicsinCalifornia

$$(2t * 2 *\frac{1}{t})^2$$
$$\sqrt{4t^2 + 4 + \frac{1}{t^2}}$$
$$\sqrt{4t^2 + 25t^8}$$,
$$10t^5$$